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    Dressing For Your Body Type

    There have been some articles related to items of clothing, that touch on body type, but I'd like to see articles specific for body type covering the types of items or looks that work for a body type.

    Personally I'm of a slightly more athletic/muscular build and I really struggle with finding brands that fit right, not to mention looks that suit.

    I find most publications don't cater for this kind of body type. Even magazines aimed at men interested in training (Mens Health is a good example) seem to aim all their style sections at slender physiques.

    Because of this, I fell foul to the ways of brands like A&F and Hollister that seem to cater for a “muscle fit”, and provide look books that I can relate to.

    Over the last few years I have found my own list of brands that fit, and looks I like, but it’s been a painful process, and far from complete.

    I’m sure I’m not on my own, and I’m sure guys of varying body types suffer similar problems.

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    To be honest i am not sure if this is the correct section to post relating to this, however i like to live life on the edge and what not.

    I really feel that Paul has hit the nail on the head of how all fashions, trends and styles all depend on the single fact of... the individual.

    There are so many great looks that I strive to be like, yet body willing cannot pull them off. Unlike Paul it is not a issue of muscular build anymore, but the dreaded fears of the Man Gut. After being the lets say "larger kid" growing up, i loved clothes and how they look, but was a nightmare finding clothes that look as good on me as they did the manikin. After getting into shape, a rugby accident has now forced me to no longer involve myself in sport so no longer have the body shape that fashion is built for.

    So i know this may be a taboo subject about fashion, but would like to see how the less slender guys fit in the fashion world.

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    Agree with Paul completely. I'm a rather diminutive 5'8 but have quite an athletic/muscular frame. Finding stuff that fits me across the chest and shoulders without leaving a billowing waist can be hard. The same for accommodating my quads and hams in a waist line that actually fits...

    Good on you too, Petes for having your say.

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    Quite agree with this, I'm on the other end of the scale as those of you that have posted, being a very slim 6"2, but I'm positive an article on this would benefit the community. We do come in various shapes and sizes after all.

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    The last post here was in February 2012, so while the issue is super relevant to me, I'm not sure if it's creaky attic territory for Fashionbeans (please I hope not!)

    I believe I've read on Fashionbeans some useful tips on how to create flattering lines, adjust for certain overall bodytypes, etc. If possible, however, I think it would be super useful, and a challenge your writers are evidently up to, to consider this endless question relative to specific isolated regions of the body. I say this because I am not someone who is one "type" (tall, stout, muscular, etc.). I am average weight and build, but from the neck up and shoulders down, I read as slender, my torso alone looks athletic but husky/thick chest, and my hips down is like a rugby player, thick muscular thighs and calves.

    It's impossible to know how to dress to flatter a thick chest while managing long, lean arms, a long neck and angular facial features. I imagine that a good tailor would be able to regulate these issues, but any advice from the forum or your writers would be much appreciated.

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